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It was a debut that drew three encore performances and an extended standing ovation. On Sunday (October 28), the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra played for the first time outside of accompanying Shen Yun Performing Arts. Praises flowed after the inaugural performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
[Chris Petallides, Architect] “I really was blown away today. I expected something, but not this good. I mean it was unbelievably moving. I mean, I was taking notes while the various pieces were coming across, and the next were better than the previous one, until the end, the divine piece. Very, very moving.”
The three hour symphony opened with the American national anthem. Then, it was Shen Yun’s original piece Creation.
[Huang Xiang, Poet] (male, Chinese) “As the conductor moved his baton and the music began. My goodness, my heart trembled. I wanted to stop my tears, but I couldn’t. You don’t need special knowledge to understand music, only your heart.’
With more than 90 musicians on stage, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra blends traditional western orchestration with the distinct sounds of Chinese instruments, like the Erhu and Pipa. The combination allows the orchestra to play not only western classics like Beethoven’s Egmont Overture but also original Chinese pieces like the Blossoming Lotus.
[Jim Cohen, Lawyer, Former Opera Singer] The wonderful blend of East and West. Interesting as the program progressed, the blend got a little more and more western. We heard some major 3rd in there, that wouldn’t have been in eastern music.
At it wasn’t just a Symphony. The performance featured guest appearances by tenors and sopranos from Shen Yun Performing Arts. Their voices adding an extra dimension on stage.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is a classical Chinese dance company. It has performed before millions worldwide, with the mission to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.
NTD is a proud media sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts and the presenter of Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra’s international debut.